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Hearings scheduled on Oct. 27 for class size bill! And next steps

Oct. 15, 2021 Thanks to all of you who called the Speaker’s office, urging him to schedule hearings on the classroom capacity bill that would phase in smaller classes, Intro 2374, introduced by the Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Education Chair Mark Treyger. Yesterday it was announced that Council hearings would be held on this […]

October 15, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Help us ensure the class size bill passes!

Oct. 14 Update: The City Council Education Committee hearings for Intro 2374 are now scheduled for  Oct. 27, 2021, starting at 10 AM. You can sign up to speak remotely here or submit testimony.  Please do! Oct. 13, 2021 Dear all: 1. Exciting news! More than half of all City Council members have now signed […]

October 13, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Last day to comment on DOE’s C4E proposal!

Sept. 2, 2021 1. Tomorrow, Friday Sept. 3 is the last day to submit your comments on DOE’s Contract for Excellence proposal, which allocates not a single cent towards lowering class size — even though this was a central issue that led the court to decide in the CFE case that NYC children were denied […]

September 28, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized by

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Demand the city provide a safe and healthy return to school!

Sept. 8, 2021 Schools reopen next Monday, Sept. 13, only five days away. Meanwhile, over the weekend I had an oped in Gotham Gazette pointing out the many serious weaknesses in NYC’s school reopening plan. Please check it out. Here it is in Spanish. Please also read this terrific oped in today’s NY Daily News […]

September 28, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized by

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de Blasio’s legacy, the problems with ed tech, & please support our work for smaller classes going forward!

Sept. 28, 2021 This Thursday Sept. 30 at noon, I will be speaking on de Blasio’s education record and legacy at a CUNY forum entitled A ‘Tale of Two Cities’ Revisited: The Social Democracy Experiments of the de Blasio Years. To check out the other speakers and issues to be discussed and to RSVP, please […]

September 28, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized by

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Two easy ways to fight for smaller classes for your kids!

Aug. 25, 2021 Dear all – I hope you and your family are enjoying the last few weeks of summer. 1. The bill that would require smaller classes that was introduced by CM Mark Treyger nearly a month ago. Int 2374-2021,  has 15 co-sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Eric Dinowitz, Selvena N. […]

August 25, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized by

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Send a letter to Congress about the need for funds to repair, modernize and build new schools!

Aug. 9, 2021 Dear all — 1.       At this point it is uncertain as to whether Congress will include funds for school construction, repair and upgrades in their infrastructure reconciliation package, even though the need for ventilation and social distancing in our classrooms is more critical than ever. The American Society of […]

August 10, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Exciting news on new class size bill, list of schools in DOE “pilot” & make your voices heard next week!

July 29, 2021 7:04 PM Exciting news! This morning, the City Council announced a new bill that would require radically smaller class sizes starting in the fall of 2022, by amending the NYC administrative code to allow only one student per 35 square feet of classroom space, on health and safety grounds. This would only […]

July 31, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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The city budget’s scant amount for a “pilot” for class size reduction

July 8, 2021 Instead of the $250 million the City Council proposed should be invested in lowering class size, Mayor de Blasio would agree to only $18 million, for a “pilot” project in a few schools. This despite the fact that there will be a crying need for smaller classes next year, both for social […]

July 21, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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Problems with DOE’s proposed “plan” for Contract for Excellence funds and upcoming hearings

July 20, 2021 Late Friday, the DOE finally posted a schedule for Contract for Excellence (C4E) borough hearings, in response to a letter from Wendy Lecker of the Ed Law Center and I sent nearly a month ago, urging them to schedule timely hearings and to take public input seriously in their plan, as the […]

July 21, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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